Two workers trapped in a gondola at Delta Sports Complex rescued by SCDF team

The two men secured with harness and carabiner escorted by SCDF to safety. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE
The two men secured with harness and carabiner escorted by SCDF to safety. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE
 The two men secured with harness and carabiner escorted by SCDF to safety. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE
 The two men secured with harness and carabiner escorted by SCDF to safety. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE
The two men secured with  harness and safety lines being brought to safety onto the rescue platform of the aerial appliance. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE
The two men secured with  harness and safety lines being brought to safety onto the rescue platform of the aerial appliance. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE

Two workers were trapped in mid-air at Delta Sports Complex on Wednesday after a gondola they were in got stuck on a floodlight post.

The workers are believed to have been conducting maintenance on the post at the complex along Tiong Bahru Road. The gondola was suspended about 10 storeys high, or about three quarters of the height of the post, when the gondola became lopsided. Singapore Civil Defence Force was alerted to the incident at 1.30pm and it dispatched a rescue team to the scene.

After climbing down an SCDF ladder, the workers reached the ground safely at about 3.30pm and were conveyed to Alexandra Hospital. The two men were seen smiling and drinking water as they were taken away.

Housewife Madam Sowmi, 64, who lives in a block next to the complex, said that she saw the workers going up in the gondola at about 11am. Later, she noticed the lopsided gondola was stuck shortly before noon. "After that, I just couldn't watch. I was scared and just hope that the workers would be safe," she said.